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    I bought a new mast for my boat (8968) some time ago and have just got round to fitting it. I have one concern, the new mast pivot pin is 8mm diameter (not the modern 6mm ones) but the previous pivot pin was 12mm and the holes in the king posts are obviously for the 12mm pin. I apprecitate from comments on this forum that the mast pivot pin’s purpose is only to help raising and lowering the mast but should I look for some sleeve inserts to put in the king posts’ holes so that the new 8mm pin is held less loosely and if so has anyone any idea on where I could obain them or what I could use?

    Dave Barker


    When you say that the holes in the king post are obviously for the 12mm pin, do you mean that they are 12mm holes? If so I wouldn’t worry about adding any sleeves. There needs to be a certain amount of play otherwise you won’t be able to raise and lower the mast. Also the mast needs to be able bend somewhat with varying rig tension, wind strength etc. I would estimate that the equivalent holes on Cockle are about 20mm diameter and I have never given any thought to lining them. (Perhaps that is how they have reached 20mm 😆 ).

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